WASHINGTON DC —
Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Morgan Tsvangirai has called on Zimbabweans to unite and press President Robert Mugabe’s government to institute democratic reforms swiftly and to deal with the worsening economic crisis.
The call comes after some political analysts are warning that the West seems to be warming up to President Mugabe with the European Union announcing it will freeze its travel ban on him for the duration of his chairmanship of the African Union.
Tsvangirai says he now endorses the national convergence platform that is being organized by Bishop Bakare. The platform is aiming to bring together political parties, churches, non-governmental organizations and ordinary Zimbabweans to discuss the worsening political and economic crisis in the country.
Bishop Bakare and the MDC-T had traded barbs on who originated the idea of the all-stakeholders conference.
Mr. Tsvangirai recently embarked on meet the people tours in and around Harare visiting poor suburbs.
Tsvangirai tells Studio 7’s Blessing Zulu that the tours are not a publicity gimmick but underline his work as a politician.
He says this is the time for Zimbabweans to start working together in order to tackle various challenges.